Cafes and restaurants, Chicago history, Chicago history, Food, Lit, Nonfiction, Suburbs and exurbs

Review: Ignoring and Then Extracting Ghetto Gold, White Burgers, Black Cash, by Naa Oyo A. Kwate

Naa Oyo A. Kwate, the author of White Burgers, Black Cash: Fast Food from Black Exclusion to Exploitation, will be in conversation with Stacey Sutton on Thursday, April 27, at […]

Patrick T. Reardon /
Lit, Zines

Review: Used Records & Tapes Zine Offers Plenty of Memories and Music

According to both mainstream and social media, Generation X spends half its time being ignored and the other half feeling uncomfortably “seen.” In the most current example of “seen-ness,” Gen […]

Dan Kelly /
Lit, Nonfiction, Reviews

Review: The Marshal Who “Could Spit and Bust a Brick in Two,” Black Gun, Silver Star, by Art T. Burton

It is important that there is a book such as Art T. Burton’s Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshall Bass Reeves to ensure the memory […]

Patrick T. Reardon /
Chicago history, Children's books, Essays, Fiction, Lists, Lit, Nonfiction, Reviews

2022 in Review: A Lit Retrospective

What was 2022 like in the world of Chicago, Illinois, and Midwest letters? I’ve asked the Lit section writers to share their favorite reviews and stories of the past year. […]

Dan Kelly /
Chicago history, Lit, Nonfiction, Reviews

Review: Gay Old Times, Last Call Chicago, by Rick Karlin and St. Sukie de la Croix

Last Call Chicago is not a narrative book. Rather it is an extensive listing with brief descriptions of 1,001 LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly bars and such. But it is also a […]

June Sawyers /
Chicago history, Interviews, Lit, Nonfiction

Interview: Making Fun—Jeffrey Breslow’s 30+ Years of Toy and Game Making

Some jobs don’t sound like work. A perfect example: Jeffrey Breslow’s decades-long career as a designer, developer, and partner at one of the most successful toy- and game-making companies of […]

Dan Kelly /
Architecture, Chicago history, Lit, Nonfiction

Review: The City in Your Pocket, AIA Guide to Chicago

Chicago is so much more than its buildings…still they’re hard to miss. Ever since Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable built his home on the Chicago River’s banks, structures have risen […]

Dan Kelly /
Chicago history, Children's books, Interviews, Lit, Nonfiction

Interview: Hearts Beat Still—Maggie Schmieder, Author of Hopeful Hearts in Highland Park

Hopeful Hearts in Highland Park is author Maggie Duplace Schmieder’s attempt to make sense out of something senseless. She and her family attended the Highland Park Independence Day parade this […]

Dan Kelly /
Essays, Lit, Nonfiction, Reviews

Review: Open Heart Chicago: An Anthology of Chicago Writing, Edited by Vincent Francone

One of the many gifts of Vincent Francone’s new anthology of Chicago stories, Open Heart Chicago, is learning what it’s like to wander around Marquette Park while tripping on acid. […]

Carr Harkrader /
Lit, Music, Nonfiction, Reviews

Review: Days of Wine and Roses—My Amy: The Life We Shared by Tyler James

My Amy: The Life We Shared by Tyler James Chicago Review Press Authors who write about their lives with dead celebrities must sincerely and comprehensively answer a question that fantasy […]

Adam Kaz /
Comics and Graphic Novels, Event, Food, Lit, Nonfiction

Review: Eating Cheap Without Eating Poorly, The Poorcraft Cookbook

The Poorcraft Cookbook By Nero Villagallos O’Reilly Iron Circus Comics If there’s one thing old people know it’s that young people are dumb. Selective amnesia makes each generation’s youth-haters forget […]

Dan Kelly /
Lit, Nonfiction

Review: Anti-Racist and More, The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop, by Felicia Rose Chavez

The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom by Felicia Rose Chavez Haymarket Books, 216 pages, $14.97 Chicago’s Haymarket Books promotes The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize […]

Patrick T. Reardon /